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Edible? Yes. Appetizing? Not always. This week, Tidbits cooks up some unusual foods that you might not eat if you knew what they were! ● Is it offal or awful? Maybe both! Offal is the term chefs use to refer to the entrails and organs of animals, such as brains, hearts, kidneys, liver, tongue, pancreas and glands. ● When you hear the word “sweetbreads,” don’t think banana or pumpkin bread. It’s actually the culinary term for the thymus glands of a lamb, pig or calf, located in the throat and neck. Most often, the glands are soaked in salt water, then poached in milk, after which they are fried. ● Head cheese isn’t really cheese at all, but rather a mixture of the meat and tissue found on a pig’s skull, set in gelatin. • Remember the old advertising phrase, “There’s always room for Jell-O”? How about a gelatin mold made with meat stock? Add cold pork, chicken, hard-boiled eggs and some vegetables, and you’ll end up with a concoction known as aspic. Although some cooks add unflavored gelatin to the mix for a firmer mold, traditional aspic uses the coagulated broth remaining after boiling an animal’s head and bones. turn the page for more!

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Shoofly Pie This Shoo-Fly Pie recipe, from our sister publication Country Living, is a Pennsylvania Dutch classic. Piecrust: 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup shortening 5 tablespoons water Filling: 1/2 cup dark corn syrup 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed 1 large egg, beaten 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 cup hot water Crumb Topping: 1 cup all-purpose flour 3 tablespoons shortening 2/3 cup light brown sugar, packed 1 pinch salt 1 pinch ground cinnamon 1. For crust: In a medium bowl, mix flour and salt. Cut shortening into flour mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs. Gradually add water until combined. Press together to form dough and chill for at least 1 hour or up to overnight. Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface to 1/8-inch thickness; fit into a 9-inch pie pan. Preheat oven to 350 F. 2. For filling: Combine corn syrup, brown sugar and egg. Dissolve baking soda in hot water, stir into syrup mixture, and pour into crust. 3. For topping: In a medium bowl, mix ingredients using your fingers or a pastry blender until combined. Sprinkle crumbs evenly over corn-syrup mixture. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes. Serves 8. Tip: If short on time, substitute a 9-inch store-bought crust. ● Each serving: About 546 calories, 6g total fat, 26mg cholesterol, 436mg sodium 76g carbohydrate, 1g dietary fiber, 6g protein.

EDIBLES (continued) ● Another place you’ll see slimy gelatin covering a chunk of meat is when you open up a can of SPAM. This little tin contains chopped pork shoulder and ham meat, hence the name, Spiced Meat And Ham. First manufactured in 1937, the luncheon meat was a popular staple for soldiers during World War II. Since its invention, more than seven billion cans have been sold. ● At holiday time, many Norwegians fix a traditional dish known as Smalahove. This yummy dish is prepared first by torching the skin and fleece of a sheep’s head, removing the brain, then boiling the head for about three hours. Arrange some rutabagas and potatoes around it on a platter, and there you have your Christmas feast! ● You’re not getting dessert when you order black pudding after a meal. Rather you’ll be served a sausage made up of animal blood, fat, rolled oats and spices. Depending on where you live, that blood could come from a pig, cow, sheep, duck or goat. Some recipes add chestnuts, sweet potato or barley to the mix. A yummy Asian snack, the pig’s blood cake, combines blood with sticky rice, fries it and serves it on a popsicle stick. ● The process of making Polish blood soup is a tricky one. The head of a live duck must be chopped off and its blood collected in the cooking pot. Throw in some vinegar, onions, celery, parsley, sugar and some dumplings, and there you have it! Some cooks like to add dried fruit, such as prunes, pears or apples. ● When folks down South talk about eating chit’lins, they are referring to chitterlings. This lip-smacking dish is the small intestines of pigs, boiled for several hours, then battered and fried and served with vinegar and hot sauce on the side. ● Ask for a plate of menudo, and what you’ll get is an order of beef tripe, made from the rubbery lining of the stomach of a cow, sheep, goat, pig or deer. Your favorite Mexican restaurant might garnish it with jalapeno peppers. ● No matter what you call them — Rocky Mountain oysters, cowboy caviar, Montana tendergroins or bull fries — it doesn’t change the uty Mayor Charlie Crawford for the fifth and sixth seasons. The fifth season also was a who’s who of guest stars, including Marcia Cross, Kal Penn, Regis Philben, Raquel Welch, Dakota Fanning, Jason Priestley, Rosie O’Donnell, Seth Meyers, Scott Wolf and Alyssa Milano. Season five is finally available on DVD, and can be found online and wherever your favorite DVDs are sold.

Q: Can you tell me when my favorite show, “The Biggest Loser,” will be back for its next season? I can’t wait for it to start! -- Edie T., via e-mail A: The weight-loss competition/reality show will be back for its 12th season on NBC beginning Tuesday, Sept. 20 (8 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET). This season sees “The Biggest Loser” with two new trainers: tennis star Anna Kournikova (who replaces Jillian Michaels) and celebrity trainer Dolvett Quince. Trainer Bob Harper and host Alison Sweeney will return, and they will be joined by 15 contestants competing in a “Battle of the Ages,” which groups contestants by age. There will be three teams of five divided by age: the youngest players, all under 30; the middle players, ages 30 to 49; and the older players, ages 50 and above. Q: I loved “Spin City,” and I can find the seasons with Michael J. Fox as the star on DVD, but can’t find the seasons when Charlie Sheen took over. Do they ever plan to release those seasons? -- Darren D., Spokane, Wash. A: When Michael J. Fox retired from the successful sitcom after the fourth season, Charlie Sheen joined Heather Locklear and company, taking over as Dep-

Q: This spring I really got into Christian Slater’s new show called “Breaking In.” I was so sad when it was canceled by Fox. Now I am hearing it might not be canceled. Is that true? -- Dylan F., via e-mail A: In an almost-unprecedented reversal, Fox decided to uncancel the caper comedy that centered on a team that is hired by companies to break into their own security systems in order to find flaws and weak links. Back in May, all signs pointed to “Breaking In” coming back for the fall, but when the fall schedule was announced a short time later, the show was nowhere to be seen. After much behind-the-scenes negotiation, Fox announced in August that the show would be back for 13 episodes to begin airing midseason 2012. Q: I was an avid viewer of the ABC show “V,” and especially loved the character of Father Landry. Can you tell me if I can see the actor who played him in anything else soon? -- Vivian A. in Pennsylvania A: Joel Gretsch, who played freedom fighter and priest Jack Landry on the ABC sci-fi show about aliens invading Earth, has risen from the ashes of “V” and can next be seen this fall on NBC’s “The Playboy Club” as a recurring character who clashes with Eddie Cibrian’s Nick Dalton.

1. GEOGRAPHY: Most of the Sierra Madre mountains are located in what country? 2. MATH: What term is used to describe an irrational number such as pi? 3. HISTORY: Before the start of the Civil War, in what city was the Confederacy’s provisional constitution adopted? 4. ART: What was artist Picasso’s first name? 5. TELEVISION: What was the Bionic Woman’s name? 6. OPERA: Who composed the opera “The Magic Flute”? 7. SCIENCE: What is the most abundant element in the known universe? 8. LANGUAGE: What does the acronym GOP stand for? 9. LITERATURE: Who wrote the book “The Naked and the Dead”? 10. MUSIC: What does the musical term “allegro” mean?

Q: I have an unusual teapot, and I would like to find its value. It is flow blue in the Pelew pattern and is marked as British made. What makes it extraordinary is its shape. It is a long decagon shape. -- Beth, Sun City, Ariz. A: Your teapot was probably made in East Challinor, England, in about 1840, and is quite desirable. I spoke to several collectors who seem to agree that in good to mint condition, it might be worth as much as $1,500. Be aware, however, that today’s soft economy has depressed many values in the collectible marketplace, including vintage pieces of flow blue. Q: While clearing out an old house in St. Charles, Mo., I found a Philco television with radio and phonograph. It is the Model 49-1278. The TV has a 12-inch screen, and a neighbor claims it is worth at least $5,000 because of its rarity. Where can I sell it? -- Steve, St. Louis, Mo. A: “It ain’t necessarily so,” as lyricist Ira Gershwin wrote for his 1935 production of “Porgy and Bess.” Your neighbor might be an expert when it comes to grilling on his patio, but the “appraisal” he gave you is a bit off the mark. I found the 1949 Philco listed in the Antique Trader Radio and Television Price Guide, edited by Kyle Husfloen, who values your set at $100. Even considering a slight difference in price due to region and condition, that is still a lot different than $5,000. Your best bet to sell it might be to place a classified ad in The St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Q: I have a Spanish-American War scarf that shows the image of the working parts of a Remington gun. I would like to find a collector or dealer for this item. -- Ed, Albuquerque, N.M. A: AAG International is the largest auction house in the world that specializes in military memorabilia. It purchases individual items and accepts consignments. This might be a good place to begin your search to determine the value of your scarf. The contact information is AAG International, 1266B Sans Souci Parkway, Hanover Township, PA 18706; and 570-822-5300.


For Advertising Call (785) 404-1000 EDIBLES (continued) fact that they are bull testicles, coated in flour and deep-fried. The people in some states love this “appetizer” so much, they hold entire festivals around them, such as Eagle, Idaho’s “World’s Largest Rocky Mountain Oyster Feed” and Montana’s “Testicle Festival.” ● Not all tacos are created equal! Lengueta de la vaca are tacos made with cow tongue, while Tacos de Cabeza include all parts of the cow’s head, including eyes and lips. ● The French have a beautiful name for a particular variety of hot deli sandwich —langue de vache. That doesn’t change the fact that it’s cow tongue. ● If you order geoduck off the menu, don’t expect to get an exotic poultry dish. It’s actually the largest burrowing clam in the world and is considered a delicacy in Asian countries, selling for as much as $30 per pound. It’s one of the animal kingdom’s longest-living creatures, at an average of 146 years, contributing to the amazing quantity of eggs produced by the female during her lifetime — five billion! The geoduck has a long meaty siphon it uses to suck in plankton when feeding. That portion of this mollusk is usually cooked fondue-style and dipped in soy or wasabi sauce. ● Folks in Sardinia, Italy, may change the way you think about cheese. Their casu marzu starts with a sheep’s milk Pecorino cheese but with one variable. Whole cheeses are left outside so that the Piophila casei or “cheese fly” can lay its eggs inside the cheese, as many as 500 eggs at one time. Once the eggs hatch, the larvae eat their way through the cheese, and their acidic digestive juices break down the cheese’s fats, resulting in a very soft cheese. There are usually thousands of little white worms in a casu marzu cheese ready for the market. It’s up to the individual diner whether to scoop out the maggots before eating. ● If your plate is filled with the Bosworth,

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“Juliet” Anne Fortier (Ballantine Books, $15) Reviewed by Ealish Waddell Julie Jacobs is stunned when her beloved guardian dies and leaves her only a passport bearing her real name, Guilietta Tolomei, and a key to a safe-deposit box in Siena, Italy, containing a bunch of old papers and a battered paperback copy of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.” Julie has always felt a strange affinity for the play, but she is astonished to learn that to the inhabitants of Siena, Romeo and Juliet were not fictional characters but flesh-and-blood people who actually lived right there in their own town -- and that Julie herself is descended from the historical Juliet, the original Guilietta Tolomei. Roaming Siena on a quest to unravel the tangled legend of her famous ancestor, Julie soon realizes that she may be on the trail of not just academic satisfaction, but also the location of a fabled lost treasure, a prize both utterly irresistible and incredibly dangerous. The vicious feuds of medieval Siena’s great families remain alive in the suspicious minds of their descendants, making it difficult for her to know who to trust. And as Julie learns more about the deaths of her parents, all signs point to the idea that the centuries-old “curse on both your houses” is still at work, which is bad news not only for Julie’s quest, but her own heart. Fortier throws in some inventive twists on the wellknown story, creating a narrative that delights in allusions to Shakespeare’s famous work while still keeping the reader in suspense as to what will happen next. The timelines of the two Guiliettas are skillfully interwoven, setting the tragedy of the past against the drama of the present. Historical details mix with literary intrigue, hidden identities, forbidden love, a dash of the occult and even a few underworld thugs for good measure, resulting in a romantic thriller that’s a lot of fun to read.

details? There’s more about Hoover’s sordid past than he’s telling us.

HOLLYWOOD -- Not long ago we told you that Michael Douglas would lock lips with Matt Damon in the Liberace biopic shooting early in 2012, for release later that year. Now Leonardo DiCaprio will be locking lips with Armie Hammer of “The Social Network” in “J. Edgar.” The film is about the creator of the FBI, J. Edgar Hoover, once one of the most powerful men in America, making and breaking lives. He later was the object of scandal himself because of his close relationship with Clyde Tolson. Oscar-winning “Milk” screenwriter Dustin Lance Black fashioned the script, to be directed by two-time Oscar winner Clint Eastwood. Dame Judi Dench and Naomi Watts have key roles. When asked if the film would show Hoover’s rumored gay past, Eastwood commented, “Some people might interpret it that way. Some people might say Hoover and Tolson were just inseparable pals. Or maybe it’s a love story without being gay, I don’t know. But it’s very interesting the way Dustin Lance Black laid out the script. It was nicely written, it didn’t go to the obvious.” Eastwood is a man of few words -- demonstrated by his 1965 breakthrough film “A Fistful of Dollars,” in which he had no dialog. Is Clint holding back the juicy

As predicted, “The Iron Lady” biopic starring Meryl Streep as British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher is causing a furor in England. Reports from early screenings say Brits are outraged at how the now-frail, 85-year-old former English leader is portrayed as power hungry, conflicted and confused with scenes showing Thatcher suffering nightmares over some of her major decisions. It is doubtful that Thatcher will ever see the film because of its content. We still don’t know if Queen Elizabeth ever saw “The Queen,” though Helen Mirren admits she was introduced by the Queen as, “You know, she played me in the film about me!” Megan Fox of “Transformers” fame is having the Marilyn Monroe tattoo on her right forearm removed. Megan says, “She’s a negative character, who suffered from personality disorders and was bipolar. I don’t want to attract negative energy into my life.” Obviously, Megan missed the point. Marilyn Monroe is a great icon because she overcame adversity to become a legend. She had great comedic talent, and we celebrate her memory for that -- and not negative energy. You may look like a fox, but Megan, you just don’t think like one! Send letters to Tony Rizzo’s Hollywood, 8306 Wilshire Blvd., No. 362, Beverly Hills, CA 90211.


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Fabric Blooms Brighten Backto-School Wardrobe There’s flower power in kids’ and their moms’ imaginations. Just ask 35-year-old Robyn Anderson, busy mom of three active daughters. “I love fabric and can’t get enough of prints, stripes and dots,” she said as she unveiled before me piles of trendy cotton yardage she has collected here and there. “If I see clothing and accessories in the store that look simple and cute, I say to myself, “Now I can make that!” Her latest inspiration blossomed when she and her 6-year-old daughter, Ocean, noticed flower-shaped fabric hair clips and embellishments in fall’s back-toschool fashion. Layered petal-shaped fabric pinched together with buttons and an added clasp or pin on the back looked easy enough for them to make themselves, so they gave it a try. And yes, the blooms were a snap to make. Get started creating one-of-a-kind adorable flower accessories too, using these simple steps. You’ll soon discover that like flowers in nature, each one is unique. Once you make a few, share the creativity with other moms and their daughters for a get-together of creative and fashionable fun. Here’s what you’ll need for one flower hair clip or clothing accessory: --Paper, pencil and scissors --Four 5-inch-by-5-inch pieces of cotton fabric or felt pieces in contrasting colors --Fabric glue --Button --Hair clasp or brooch pin, available in craft stores --Needle and thread 1. Make patterns. First, draw a 3-1/2-inch-wide shape on paper that resembles a three-leaf clover without the stem. (Pick clover from your yard for inspiration or look for a perfect clover shape in a book or online. Notice that each leaf is heart shaped as you begin drawing.) Draw two more shapes that are 2 1/2 inches and 2 inches in width. 2. Set patterns on fabric, outline with a pencil and cut out. You’ll want two 3-1/2-inch shapes. 3. Stack and arrange cut-out shapes from the two largest 3 1/2 inch shapes to the smallest to resemble a flower, gluing each layer in place at the center point. Let glue dry, then pinch the center a bit and sew a button on top through all slightly pinched layers. 4. Sew hair clasp or glue brooch pin to the center of the back of the base. Tip: Creating and crafting with school-age kids provides ideal opportunities for teaching and practicing new skills such as using sharp scissors or threading a needle.

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Finding Agent Orange/Kidney Cancer Link Researchers at the Overton Brooks Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Shreveport, La., have been taking a close look at the correlation between Agent Orange exposure and kidney cancer. They pulled the records of nearly 300 patients who’d been diagnosed with kidney cancer, and of those, 13 had been exposed to Agent Orange. There was exposure documentation on 10 of them. They’re calling the research “preliminary” as it hasn’t had a peer review, but at this point, other VA medical centers will be pooling their data as well. This is how the process begins to have an illness declared a presumptive connection to Agent Orange exposure. It will be a long haul and will include much more research, reviews and finally (one can hope) a positive outcome with claims resulting in benefits. If you have kidney cancer and were exposed to Agent Orange in any of the locations where it was used or stored, make sure your paperwork is in order with the VA medical folks. File your claim. Then, down the road, you won’t have to rush to file. To see the long list of locations where Agent Orange was used in Vietnam, go to www.publichealth.va.gov, and then click on Agent Orange-Related Diseases. Then click on “exposure to Agent Orange or other herbicides. If your exposure was elsewhere, there’s a link down near the bottom titled “Herbicide Tests and Storage Outside Vietnam.” Yes, this chart is buried on the site. If you want your free Agent Orange Registry Health Exam, call your closest VA hospital and ask for the VA Environmental Health Coordinator. This is not the same as a disability compensation exam, and you don’t have to be enrolled in the VA’s health-care system.

Questions About Shingles Vaccine DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I am a 59-year-old female who had a severe case of chickenpox as a child. It has been recommended that I get a shingles vaccination after my 60th birthday. However, my husband never had chickenpox, and I have a 1-month-old granddaughter. Are my husband and granddaughter at risk for becoming infected when I get the vaccine? -- J.Z. ANSWER: The shingles vaccine Zostavax contains live but weakened virus. Transmission of the vaccine virus from someone who just received it is theoretically possible, but actually is a rare event. Your husband’s chances of catching the vaccine virus are close to zero. Although your husband says he never had chickenpox, 99 percent of adults bear evidence in their blood that they did have childhood chickenpox. Many of these people have no recollection of being sick. That might be because the infection was so mild that they never knew they were infected. Furthermore, all adults, whether they remember they had chickenpox or not, are urged to have the vaccine after their 60th birthday. Your husband can get the shot along with you. As far as your 1-month-old grandchild goes, her chance of catching the virus from a recently immunized person is small. However, you can eliminate the risk completely by waiting to have your immunization until

EDIBLES (continued) Falstaff or Bedford Fillbasket varieties, you’ll soon be eating one of the most disliked vegetables, the Brussels sprout. This vitamin-rich cruciferous veggie belongs to the same family as the cabbage, collard greens, broccoli, kale and kohlrabi. Brussels sprouts were first brought to North America by French immigrants settling in Louisiana around 1800. ● The Scottish regularly cook up a dish called haggis, which is a sheep’s stomach stuffed with a mixture of the liver, heart, lungs, rolled oats and a variety of spices. Some fast-food restaurants in Scotland even have this item on their menu, deep-fat fried or as a burger on a bun. For those who don’t care to eat it, there are contests for “haggis hurling,” a sport that has a place in the Guinness Book of World Records. The current record-holder threw a 1.5-pound (.68-kg) haggis a distance of 180 feet, 10 inches (55.12 m).

OVERCOMING THE ODDS: HELEN KELLER Nearly everyone has heard of Helen Keller and her triumph over her disabilities. This week, Tidbits brings you a few more details you might not know about this author, lecturer and political activist. ● This amazing woman’s life began on a lovely Alabama homestead known as Ivy Green. Her father had served as a captain in the Civil War and worked as an editor for the local paper. Kellers’s grandmother was the second cousin of Robert E. Lee, and her paternal grandfather had been a Civil War hero as well. The family’s pleasant lifestyle changed forever when Keller was 19 months old, and she contracted a critical illness. Doctors called the mysterious illness “brain fever,” thought today to have been scarlet fever or meningitis. Although fairly short-lived, the illness left her blind and deaf. Keller’s parents thought she had recovered until they noticed there was no response from the toddler when the dinner bell was rung or when they leaned into their daughter’s face. your granddaughter gets her chickenpox immunization at 12 months; you don’t have to be immunized on the day you turn 60. Or you can be immunized before your granddaughter gets her chickenpox vaccine, and then wait to hold her and care for her for two or three weeks after you have the shot. Shingles is the bane of older people. The booklet on this illness describes it in detail and how it is treated. Readers can order a copy by writing: Dr. Donohue -- No. 1201W, Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. Enclose a check or money order (no cash) for $4.75 U.S./$6 Can. with the recipient’s printed name and address. Please allow four weeks for delivery. DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I am a 78-year-old woman with a torn rotator cuff and arthritis in my left shoulder. My doctor says nothing can be done short of a complete shoulder replacement. Is this true? Should I get a second opinion? -- E.W. ANSWER: The rotator cuff is a “cuff” (much like shirt cuff) of four tendons that arise from four back muscles. Those tendons swing around the shoulder joint to hold it in place. Small rotator-cuff tears heal on their own. Large tears require surgical correction. Some tears call for shoulder joint replacement, especially when the joint itself is arthritic. More than 23,000 Americans will have their shoulder joints replaced this year. Almost all will have gratifying results. They’ll be able to move their shoulder without pain. The shoulder has an excellent blood supply, so healing this joint is much faster than healing a knee or hip replacement. Furthermore, the shoulder, unlike the knee or hip, doesn’t have to support body weight, another point in its favor. A second opinion is always worthwhile. If the second doctor agrees that you need a new joint, I say go for it.


For Advertising Call (785) 404-1000 HELEN KELLER (continued) ● Although able to communicate with her family on a limited basis with signs, Keller was a very frustrated and difficult child, whose screaming tantrums kept the household on edge. Her parents were advised to put her into an institution. ● Keller’s mother contacted the Perkins Institute for the Blind, whose director asked Anne Sullivan to become the child’s instructor. Sullivan herself had suffered the loss of most of her vision at age 5 and was a former student of the Institute. A miraculous surgery restored enough of Sullivan’s sight to enable her to read normal print for short durations. The 20-year-old reported to the Keller home when Keller was 7, and the two became companions for the next 49 years. ● Sullivan began spelling words into Keller’s hand immediately upon her arrival, starting with the word for the gift she had brought Keller, D-O-L-L. It was a full month before Keller realized what her teacher was doing, when Sullivan signed W-A-T-E-R into Helen’s hand while holding it under water rushing from the pump. ● After attending the Perkins Institute from age 8 to 14, Keller and Anne made the move to New York, where Keller attended a noted school for the deaf. Six years later, she enrolled at Radcliffe, where at the age of 24, she became the first deaf and blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. ● Keller published her autobiography “The Story of My Life” while still in college at age 22. She followed up with “The World I Live In” five years later and went on to publish 10 more books and several articles. Keller was introduced to every U.S. President from Grover Cleveland up to Lyndon B. Johnson. LBJ awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1964. ● Keller was responsible for introducing the Akita dog breed to the United States. While touring Japan, she obtained the dog Kamikazego, followed by another from the Japanese government, the older brother of her dog, named Kenzan-go. ● Keller’s life was chronicled on the stage in “The Miracle Worker,” a play that was first made into a movie in 1962, starring Patty Duke as Keller. Money Automotive Center 2222 S Ninth Sales: (785) 827-4451 Service: (785) 827-4452 Parts: (785) 827-4453

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on a shower rod to help curtain glide effortlessly; and lastly, soak a shrunken sweater in a conditioner/water solution to soften the fibers, then gently try stretching the sweater back to size.

● Plant deciduous trees (trees that lose their leaves in the fall) strategically in order to reduce your heating and cooling costs. Their leaves emerge in the spring to block summer’s heating rays, but when winter comes, they fall off to let the sun in, warming things up a bit. ● Keep nail-polish bottles easy to open by rubbing a little bit of petroleum jelly inside the cap of the bottle. ● M.C. in Arizona would like to know some alternative uses for hair conditioner. Here goes: as a shaving lotion for legs or face; a makeup remover; ouch-free bandage removal; to soften makeup brushes or paintbrushes before storage; to get knots out of doll hair or costume wigs; washing delicates (think silks and pantyhose); rub

Toilet’s Antics Drive Wife Mad Q: The toilet in our master bedroom, for no reason I can explain, will randomly start running for a few minutes and then stop again. Of course, it is accompanied each time by a faint hissing sound as the water flows into the tank and then a “clunk” when it stops. At night, this is incredibly annoying. My wife wants it fixed ASAP. Is this something that can be fixed quickly, or do I need to call a plumber? -- Hoyt C., Vero Beach, Fla. A: There’s a good chance you can fix this yourself. What’s happening is that water is silently trickling from the upper tank into the toilet bowl. When the water level of the tank drops to a certain point (below the range of the float ball or indicator), the inlet valve at the bottom of the tank opens up and the tank refills. Once the water level rises and returns the float ball or indicator to its top position, the valve closes and the water stops. Often you’ll hear a “clunk” or chain rattle as this happens.

● “Clean an egg carton very well, then flip it over and make slits in each egg cup. This works wonders as a child’s card holder for card games.” -- L.P. in Maryland ● Use an empty paper towel roll to store plastic grocery bags. Just stuff to capacity. These “bag sticks” are easy to store in a drawer or even be mounted on the side of a trash can with double-stick tape. ● When cleaning glass tabletops or chrome fixtures, try using newspaper instead of paper towels or rags. There is no lint left behind, and newspaper gives a better shine. Send your tips to Now Here’s a Tip, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 328536475 or e-mail JoAnn at heresatip@yahoo.com.

To verify a slow leak, mark the water level at its highest point (right after it finishes refilling from a flush) with a crayon, then close the inlet valve under the tank. Come back in a half hour to an hour to see if the water level has fallen. Next, try to locate the cause of the leak. If there’s no water on the floor (indicating bad seals or a cracked tank -- a definite contact-the-plumber sign) then the flapper valve -- the big valve in the center of the tank that dumps water into the bowl with each flush -- is the likely culprit. The problem could be as simple as a misaligned flapper valve. This is most commonly caused by a lift chain or lift arm that is too long or too short. (The lift chain or arm literally lifts the flapper valve up when you push the flush handle -- try it now and see.) Adjust the chain by placing the connecting hook (the hook that attaches the chain to the upper lift arm) into a different rung of the chain. Adjust a vertical lift arm by either slightly bending or straightening the arm. If the adjustment doesn’t work, consider the age of the flush assembly. The seals may be breaking down, especially in a hard-water environment. Replacement assemblies can be purchased at your local home-improvement store (be sure to bring the toilet’s brand and model number with you to get the correct fit). HOME TIP: Increase the life of your toilet tank seals and flush assembly by avoiding the use of bleach-based, in-tank cleanser tablets.


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Tidbits® of Salina THAT’S SO CHEESY! Most of us eat cheese several times a week but might not know what we’re really eating. This week, Tidbits brings you some facts about the process and a few different poular types.

Glue Gun Is Latest “High-Tech” Scam In this high-tech world, who would have thought that a scammer could steal from people with a glue gun. Here’s how it works: At your neighborhood bank’s ATM, where you’ve gone many times to withdraw cash, you might find one day that the machine seems to be defective. Some of the keys aren’t working correctly. Specifically, after you’ve entered all your numbers, including your PIN, the “enter” button appears to be stuck. Same for the “cancel” button. They’ve been glued in place. Meanwhile, your card is stuck in the machine mid-transaction. When you go into the bank for help, the thieves appear from around the corner and either hammer the keys loose and complete your transaction, grabbing the money, or they use the touch-screen feature, which you probably didn’t even know about. If this happens to you: --Try pressing the screen. Many locations have installed touch screens. You might be able to complete or cancel your transaction and get your card back. --If you’re carrying a metal nail file or a pocketknife with gadgets on it, try to loosen the

“cancel” key. --Use your cell phone to call the bank to tell them you’re standing outside at the ATM. When you tell them the keys are stuck, they’ll surely be right out because they’ll suspect what has happened. Whatever you do, don’t leave your card there. --In a pinch, call the police and ask for assistance. The older scams are still in play, however, so don’t let down your guard. These include: --A false front with a sleeve or skimming device installed on the machine. When you insert your card, either your card number is read by a remote device, or the machine won’t let go of your card. As in the previous scenario, when you go for assistance, the scammer takes your card. --The brochure box next to the machine doesn’t just dispense literature, it also might have a camera that records every number you punch in. The thieves, likely sitting not far away, not only grab your card number, but the PIN too. --Even the keypad could be fake. Be vigilant. Remember that ATM machines that have been tampered with can be anywhere: the bank, retail stores, gas pumps and fast-food places with checkouts that have you swipe the card yourself. David Uffington regrets that he cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into his column whenever possible. Write to him in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 328536475, or send e-mail to columnreply@gmail.

● Even though the United States is the world’s leading producer of cheese, (Wisconsin and California are the leaders in production), Greece and France consume the most per capita. The United States also doesn’t have the most distinct varieties. Great Britain produces about 700 different cheeses, and France and Italy produce about 400 each. ● The flavor, color and texture of a cheese varies by type of milk used, the bacteria or acids used to separate the milk, the length of aging and the addition of certain herbs or particular molds. Most cheese is made from the milk of cows, sheep or goats, although the milk of yaks, horses, buffalo, camels and even reindeer can be used. One type of Mozzarella cheese comes from the milk of a water buffalo. A very rare cheese comes from a Swedish farm that raises three moose. Because the lactation period of a moose lasts only three months, this farm’s moose produce only 660 pounds (300 kg) of cheese per year, and it sells for about $2,000 per pound ($1,000 per kg). ● If you want true Roquefort cheese, look for a red sheep on the foil label. This means it has been aged in limestone caves near the village of Roquefort-sur-Soulzon in the south of France. France’s King Charles VI gave sole rights for making this cheese to the village in 1411. Made from sheep’s milk, its distinctive blue veins come from the mold Pencillium roqueforti, which is injected into the cheese and grows within as it ages. ● The holes in Swiss cheese are bubbles of carbon dioxide gas produced by bacteria introduced to the cheese. The CO2 builds up at weak points in the curd, forming bubbles. ● If you’ve ever smelled Limburger cheese, you’ll remember its unpleasant odor. That’s because the bacteria that is introduced to the goat’s milk is the one found on human skin that contributes to body odor. Produced primarily in Germany and the Netherlands, there are only two makers of this pungent cheese in all of North America.


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● On Sept. 22, 1598, English playwright Ben Jonson is indicted for manslaughter after a duel. He was very nearly hanged, but his ability to read and write saved him. He claimed “benefit of clergy,” which allowed him to be sentenced by the lenient ecclesiastical courts. Jonson was as famous in his time as Shakespeare. ● On Sept. 21, 1866, H.G. Wells, pioneer of science fiction, is born in Bromley, England. In 1895, he published his classic novel “The Time Machine,” about a man who journeys to the future. The book was a success, as was “The War of the Worlds” (1898).

Learn Your State’s Pet Evacuation Laws By Samantha Mazzotta

DEAR PAW’S CORNER: During Hurricane Irene, I was kept busy contacting my town’s superintendent’s office on behalf of some of my older neighbors who were worried about evacuating with their pets. The misinformation about evacuating with pets was huge. Fortunately we were spared the flooding that took place in surrounding towns. After the storm, the fire chief told me my neighbors could have brought their pets with them as long as they were crated. Please let your readers know that many states, including Vermont, have pet evacuation laws on the books that specify exactly how and where owners can evacuate with their pets. Owners need to know them, because many emergency centers and local media did not, and citizens often were misinformed. -- S.H., Bellows Falls, Vt. DEAR S.H.: Thank you for the heads-up! Readers, in 2006 following Hurricane Katrina, the federal government passed the PETS (Pet Evacuation and Transportation Standards) Act, which requires state and local governments to include companion pets in their disaster planning and evacuation plans. Laws

in each state and municipality are slightly different, so it’s important to familiarize yourself with the regulations where you reside prior to a natural disaster. For example, Louisiana and New York permit pets to ride on public transportation with their owners if an evacuation is declared. Check your state government’s website (go to www.pawscorner.com for a list of links to each state’s site) or contact the emergency planning agency by phone to get details. Of course, it’s also important to include your pet in emergency planning at home. Keep your pet’s travel crate and important documents together, along with a small kit containing food, treats, toys and medications so you can quickly grab them and go if needed. Send your question or comment to ask@pawscorner. com, or write to Paw’s Corner, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. For more pet care-related advice and information, visit www.pawscorner.com.

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● On Sept. 20, 1881, Chester Arthur becomes third president to serve in one year. The year began with Rutherford B. Hayes in office. Hayes served out his term and turned over the reins to James A. Garfield. Four months later, Garfield was shot by an assassin but did not die until Sept. 19. Vice President Arthur was then sworn in as president. ● On Sept. 24, 1890, faced with the eminent destruction of their church and way of life, Mormon leaders reluctantly issue the “Mormon Manifesto” in which they command all Latter-day Saints to uphold the laws of the nation and abandon polygamy. ● On Sept. 23, 1944, President Franklin D. Roosevelt is forced to defend his dog’s honor and his own reputation. Critics had circulated a story claiming that Roosevelt had accidentally left Fala behind while visiting the Aleutian Islands earlier that year. They accused the president of sending a Navy destroyer, at taxpayer expense of up to $20 million, to go back and pick up the dog. ● On Sept. 19, 1957, the United States detonates a 1.7 kiloton nuclear weapon in an underground tunnel in Nevada. The test was part of a series of 29 nuclear weapons and nuclear weapons safety tests known as Operation Plumbbob. ● On Sept. 25, 1981, Sandra Day O’Connor becomes the first female U.S. Supreme Court justice in history when she is sworn in by Chief Justice Warren Burger. After graduating from Stanford law school in the early 1950s, no law firm in California would hire her because she was a woman.


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Tidbits® of Salina majority of men say it’s in the late 60s, while more women believe old age begins in the 70s.

● It was Hungarian psychiatrist Thomas Stephen Szasz who made the following sage observation: “If you talk to God, you are praying. If God talks to you, you have schizophrenia.” ● The world’s most popular fruit is the banana. In the United States, people consume more bananas than apples and oranges put together. ● Thomas Jefferson was an inventor as well as a statesman, but he refused to take out patents on any of his ideas. He believed that inventions should benefit all of humanity, not just himself. ● According to those who study such things, the average American believes the ideal age -- that is, the best year of his or her life -- is 32. And when 30-somethings are asked when old age begins, the

● That iconic symbol of the Old West, the Pony Express, was based on the mail system used throughout the Mongol Empire in the 13th century. However, the Mongol riders often covered 125 miles in a single day, which was faster than the best record held by a Pony Express rider.

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● In Nazi Germany, it was illegal to name a horse “Adolph.” ● Unless you’re from Central Florida, you’ve probably never heard of the small town of Ocoee. So you might be surprised to learn that during World War II, Ocoee earned the distinction of sending more men, per capita, to serve in the military than any other town in the United States. Thought for the Day: “It ought to be plain / how little you gain / by getting excited / and vexed. / You’ll always be late / for the previous train, / and always in time / for the next.” -- Piet Hein

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